Baby Toys Buying Guide 2017

Choosing baby toys is, arguably, more difficult compared to older kids that already have their own preferences. After all, babies and toddlers won't complain as long as they get new toys, and it is where you must be extra careful as a parent.

The main function of a baby toy is, of course, to entertain them. However, you must also choose the right one that will also stimulate their development, and most importantly, safe for their current age.

Safety for Baby Toys

With baby toys, safety should be the utmost concern. The main considerations for safety are sharp edges and whether the parts are too small for your baby. Most toddlers will have the tendency to bite at anything, so there shouldn't be any part that is smaller than his or her mouth. Here are some principles you should consider:

  • Always follow the age recommendations written on the baby toys itself. Also, most of them will have a health and safety warning, so read it thoroughly.
  • The baby toys should be larger than your baby's mouth, so consider at least one and a quarter inch of diameter and 2 and a quarter inch in length, so that it can't be swallowed. Consider getting yourself a choke tester, such as this one.
    • For ball-shaped toys, avoid any with diameters below 1.75 inches.
    • For toys with batteries, make sure that the battery containers are protected, preferably screwed. Batteries can be extremely hazardous when eaten.
    • Painted toys shouldn't contain lead. Most modern toys will not contain lead paint, but it's something to consider.
    • Avoid any toys with sharp edges, and make sure it's rigid enough to withstand chewing

    Beware of 'Educational' Toys

    Be careful about baby toys that market themselves as 'educational'. In most situations, it is simply nothing more than a marketing jargon. However, some do have their benefits and educational purpose, so do your research thoroughly. It's not that they are dangerous for your baby, per se, but they are often overpriced, and you are better off investing in several other toys at once.

    Choosing Baby Toys By Age

    Under 6 months

    At this age, your infants are starting to study movements and sounds. Simple black and white visual will also be attractive to them. You might notice they are starting to experiment with their own movement, hand-eye coordination, and start to reach for things, especially after 3 months old. Your toys choices should reflect those needs, and encourage your babies to further develop their hand-eye coordinations and interests for movements and sounds.

    For this age group, here are some of our recommendations:

    Manhattan Toy Winkel Rattle

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    This colorful looped grab toy is the perfect size for little hands and has a gentle texture for young ones to gnaw on. It can even be refrigerated to a cool temperature to soothe sensitive teething gums. Although it’s simple, many parents find their babies mesmerized by the rattle and colors. It’s also lightweight enough to play with from an early age.

    Baby Einstein-Take Along Tunes

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    If you are a believer of classical music for babies, this one is for you. This is also a great toy for travelling, as you can easily throw it in your diaper bag. The handle is perfect for your baby's little hand as the Baby Einstein plays Mozart and Vivaldi along with lights and colors.

    Baby Einstein-Sea Dreams Soother

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    In this early stage of your baby's life, your biggest issue will be how to keep them calm and put them to sleep. A soother toy will certainly help with that, and this colorful Sea Dreams soother from Baby Einstein, complete with soothing melodies and lights can be your pefect choice.

    6 to 8 Months

    Here, the baby can start to hold small toys. You will notice they will repeat a lot of activities over and over again, to practice mastering their own movements. Some of the toys you have purchased when the baby was under six months old will still be useful, although your baby might use them in different ways, such as transferring the toys to another hand or in and out of the containers.

    At this age, you will notice that your babies will start biting and chewing all things around them​. It is time to introduce teether toys, and here are our recommendations:

    Sophie The Girrafe Teether

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    Sophie the Girrafe is especially popular lately, and not without its reasons. The dotted pattern and combination of colors are perfect to attract your babies, and is made from natural rubber.It is perfectly safe for chewing, and will make a fun squeaking sound that will entertain your baby further.

    Banana-Shaped Teether and Training ToothBrush

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    Teethers with banana shape are also popular, because they are perfectly shaped to be chewed, and are a good chance to introduce real food. During this age, your baby will most likely grow the first tooth, so a training toothbrush will also come in handy.

    8 to 18 months

    At this age, babies will start to develop the predictive behavior. They will practice foreseeing results, creating a mission, and taking some actions to achieve their goals. Here their dimensional and spatial sense also begin to show. Encourage their developments with block toys, rings on poles, push/pull toys, and simple shape sorters puzzles.

    Here are some of our recommendations:

    Fisher-Price Baby's First Block

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    Perfectly safe, colorful, entertaining, and will encourage your baby to develop more. Not to mention, very affordable. A perfect choice for this age.

    Earlyears Squeak 'n Stack Blocks

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    Stacking blocks are perfect to stimulate hand-eye coordinations during this age. Earlyears's Stack Blocks can also squeak, keeping your babies entertained as they are learning to accomplish goals.

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